• Keto Pumpkin Mousse

    September 16, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #212 LET’S CELEBRATE FALL It was in the year 2013 when hubby and I made our first trip to Montreal to visit our son. It was the first time we experienced the fall or autumn season. The colours of fall is truly one of nature’s miracle. When we reached Montreal early Sept the leaves on the trees were still green. By the end of the month the green leaves were changing colors. You get to see hues of yellow, orange, red and purple. Not all trees change colour during fall. Some of the more famous trees that change color are sugar maple(turns first yellow, then orange and finally red), red maple (turns dark red or yellow), bald cypress (turns orange red), black…

     
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  • Instant Ivy Gourd Pickle/Tindora Achaar

    September 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER I What is the A- Z Challenge? Well, we’re a Facebook group and every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May 2018 by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. This month we’ve got to think of an ingredient which begins with I, and it has to be the English name. Now that seriously doesn’t give anyone much choice, does it? A lot of discussion on the group took place about how to tackle this issue. Unfortunately, I was not able to participate actively in the discussion as I was traveling. This letter wise cooking sometimes allows one to think ahead, like I had the…

     
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  • Beetroot Ammini Kozhukattai

    September 2, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #211 NATURALLY COLOURFUL Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all my friends, family and followers. This year, there is an emphasis on natural and environmentally friendly ways of celebrating this important festival. That led to me think why not extend this to making naturally colored food as the next theme for FoodieModay Bloghop group. The members had to use naturally colorful ingredients to create their dish. Whether for the festival or not it had to be naturally colored. No adding artificial colors. I remember when my kids were young, I’d add naturally colored fruits and vegetables to make their meals more exciting. I’d add carrot puree, spinach puree, beetroot puree, turmeric powder, use strawberries, chocolate or cocoa powder, purple grapes, avocado, red cabbage, mangoes,…

     
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  • Vegetarian Thukpa Soup

    September 1, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: SIKKIMESE CUISINE As most of my regular readers may have noticed that through the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group we are taking each state of India every month and preparing a dish pertaining to that state’s cuisine. August was when the participating members cooked different dishes from the state of Sikkim. Sikkim, one of the seven sister states of North East India is situated in the lap of the Himalayas. The third highest peak of the Himalayas, Kanchenjunga can be seen from Sikkim. Sikkim was annexed to India in 1975. 11 languages are spoken in this tiny mountain state, English being the official language.Its the home to the second highest suspension bridge in Asia, Singshore Bridge, with a span of 198 meters…

     
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  • Bombay Mix/Namkeen Chocolate Bark

    August 26, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #210 ULTA PULTA First of all lets get this theme meaning out of the way. Ulta Pulta literally means upside down in Hindi. However, in regards to the 210th theme, Kalyani who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds suggested that we use any ingredient that is away from the norm. What is normally used to make a sweet dish, use it make a savory and vice versa. That really made me put on my thinking cap and the way to go about it was to go ingredient wise. I narrowed down my ideas to three recipes. Use crisps or chips in cookies, use tomato soup in muffins and my Bombay mix one. Before we can go into how the idea was born, let me…

     
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  • Ragi Shavige Uppitu/Ragi Vermicelli Upma

    August 19, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #209 THINDI YENU What an interesting theme name you may be thinking. I too was completed intrigued by these two simple words. In Kannada yenu means what and thindi is snacks or tiffin. So its simply translates as What is for Snacks/Tiffin? Yeah! I now know a few more Kannada words 🙂 besides Namaskara and Thumba Dhanyanvadagalu. On a serious note, if hubby and I ever plan to stay in Bangalore for a longer period, learning Kannada would definitely be on my list.  This interesting theme was suggested by Aruna. She wanted us to prepare any breakfast dish which is very much a part of Karnataka. As I was browsing through her blog Vasu’s Veg Kitchen, I came across a very interesting…

     
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  • Nutella and Oreo Truffles

    August 12, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #208 MEETHE BANDHAN This week India will be celebrating both Raksha Bandhan day and Independence Day on the same date – 15th Aug. What is Raksha Bandhan? Raksha means protection and bandhan means to tie. India and Nepal are unique in the sense that the Hindus celebrate Raksha Bandhan every year during the holy month of Shravan. This is a special day for brothers and sisters. A bond that is so special between both. I know there are some families where sister brother bond is a bit frayed because of differences. However, eventually they come round and look out for each other. Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the eternal bond between a brother and sister, they can be blood related or not. I know…

     
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  • Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

    August 5, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #207 HERBALICIOUS What are herbs? Herbs are plants with seeds, flowers and leaves  where the leaves and green parts are used for flavoring, as part of food, as medicine and also used in some perfumes to enhance the aroma. In cooking, usually the leafy greens of herbs are used not as a main dish but as a part of a dish. So you may say that we use spinach, fresh fenugreek, fresh mustard leaves too and they too are leafy greens so why are they considered  vegetables and not herbs? Well, for one these leafy greens are usually prepared on its own or with other vegetables as a curry or used in salads in big quantities. Usually herbs are used in small…

     
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  • Gatte ki Sabji

    July 31, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: RAJASTHANI CUISINE Rajasthan, The Land of The Kings, is dear to me as I’ve spent 4 years studying at a convent school in Mt. Abu. I’ve not seen the whole of Rajasthan but have been to Jaipur, Udaipur and Nathdwara. Aravalli hills is where with my friends I’ve climbed many rocks and seen fabulous sunsets. Its where we’ve walked around Nakki Lake, filled our school blazers with chana chor garam, ridden on horses till our thighs ached. It is where we always warned each other about tigers in the hills which might come up to the terrace when we slept outdoors during the hot summers. Whether that was true or not who knows. But I know that any strange noise…

     
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  • Rice Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

    July 29, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #206 GLUTEN FREE TREATS Today my 100% concentration is not on writing the post and yet I want to say so much. The problem is that I just don’t know how to put my feelings into words. For once I’m lost for words! I guess that happens to all those who become grandparents for the first time or even many times. I guess the feeling is the same. Yes, now officially I’m a grandmother or more precisely  as they say in Gujarati ‘Hu Ba bani gayi.’ So, now I proudly announce that I’m Ba to Lily Monique Mayuri Patel. Must say that’s a really long name but feel so honoured that the parents (my son and daughter in law) have decided that…

     
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